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Brother Ronald Giannone is a Capuchin Franciscan friar, whose religious order has worked for over eight centuries among the poorest of the world’s poor in imitation of its founder, St. Francis of Assisi.
In 1976, after serving poor senior citizens in New York, feeding the hungry at a monastery in Indiana and helping the rural poor in Sussex County, New Jersey, Brother Ronald was assigned to the St. Francis Renewal Center in Wilmington, Delaware. In his new city, the absence of services for the poor, especially for homeless women, deeply troubled him. Soon, he found his true vocation on the streets of Wilmington. Hence, the Ministry of Caring was born. Since 1977, he has served as the executive director.
Brother Ronald began his work by opening an emergency shelter for homeless women. Next came a dining room for the hungry. A second dining room was followed by a transitional residence for single women and a job placement center—all for the poor of Wilmington. Today, the Ministry of Caring consists of a network of 19 programs that form a continuum of care for the poor and homeless throughout the city. Besides providing the poor with needed shelter, the Ministry of Caring, under Brother Ronald’s guidance, helps them to become self-sufficient with support services.
Still, Brother Ronald’s work is not finished. He continues to galvanize support from staff, corporations, government, foundations, churches, synagogues, volunteers, donors and other groups and individuals. Together with him, these supporters help ensure that the Ministry of Caring continues to live by Brother Ronald’s inspired conviction, “the poor should never be treated poorly.”
Brother Ronald has a BA in theology from St. Joseph’s University, a MA in theology from Villanova University, a paralegal certificate from the University of Delaware and a Doctorate in Humanities from Goldey-Beacom College.
Matt Lynch joined the Ministry of Caring in April 2016. As Deputy Director, Program Services, he oversees an array of programs providing services to the homeless, poor and disadvantaged in the Wilmington area.
A Delaware native, he has worked as a lawyer in the state for more than 30 years, garnering experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
After graduating from the University of Delaware and Villanova University School of Law, Lynch began his career representing numerous Delaware state social service agencies in his capacity as Deputy Attorney General with the Delaware Department of Justice. He has worked as legal counsel and chief compliance officer for several Delaware banks and financial services firms, most recently serving as Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Stifel Trust Company Delaware.
Lynch is a past chairman and current member of the Board of Common Cause of Delaware, a nonprofit group advocating open government. He is a former board member and chairman of both the Children’s Advocacy Center of Delaware, an agency devoted to the prevention of child abuse, and American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula.
Marie came to the Ministry of Caring in 2003 after working in progressively responsible positions in Human Resources at companies that include the Vanguard Group, Comcast and ICI Americas. At the Ministry she manages recruitment and employment, benefits and benefits administration, policy creation and enforcement, employee relations, labor law compliance and volunteer coordination.
The mission of the Ministry to serve the poor, which aligns closely with her own beliefs, prompted Marie to bring her corporate skills and experience to her present position. “At the Ministry of Caring I have a true passion for my work that eluded me in the corporate world,” she says. “I am humbled and honored to work for an organization that does such important work.”
Marie earned a bachelor’s degree in Humanities and English from Messiah College, where she received the Leadership Award at graduation for her achievements on the Student Government. She went on to earn a master’s degree with academic honors in Education with a concentration in instructional systems design/adult education from Penn State University.